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Contract awarded for Route 285 bridge project

At its September meeting, held in Winchester this month, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a design-build contract valued at $21,073,00.00 to Shirley Contracting Co. LLC of Lorton for the Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) bridge at the Interstate 64 exit 91 interchange in Augusta County.

This project is located at the Interstate 64, exit 91 interchange, which is at Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) in Augusta County. Improvements from this project include work to the ramps and shoulder on Interstate 64 and replacing/widening the Route 285 bridge. The project limits on Route 285 extend from 0.70-mile north of I-64 to 0.43-mile south of I-64. Route 285 will have four lanes. Dual turn-lanes and dual receiving lanes will be provided at both I-64 on-ramps.  Dual left-turn lanes will be built on Route 636 to accommodate traffic growth from the nearby hospital complex.

In 2034, traffic volumes are projected to be Level of Service “F” at Expo Road/Ladd Road, I-64 eastbound ramps, I-64 westbound ramps and Goose Creek Road during the morning and afternoon peak hours. Upgrading Route 285 to a four-lane facility through the study area will improve overall operations to acceptable levels of service and will reduce motorist delay.

The total estimated cost for this project is $30.8 million, including $1.4 million for preliminary engineering, $4.1 million for right of way and $25.3 million for construction.

Augusta Health Augusta Free Press Kris McMackin CPA
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